On a cold and stormy night,
a family will witness the most perfect storm..
UGHH ! i cant even begin to tell you how horrible Tues night was.
Cali has been receiving so much rain this year.
normally we`d get a week or two of it per year, but its been raining on & off
lately, though, its been a non-stop week of rain.
but id have to say, hands down, the worst of the rain storm happened
a few nights ago..
huge trees were falling on houses, branches and shrubs were all toppled over.
& the icing on the cake?
my house almost flooded!
in addition to the week-long rain, it rained massive amounts on Tues night &
lasted until Wed morning.
For some reason (which will be explained later), the drains in my backyard
wouldnt allow water to travel out onto the street or into the gutters.
instead, water would come inside !
which caused a massive back-up into our yard.
it missed overflowing over our doorstep by 1/2 an inch.
my brothers & peter (step-dad), were bucketing out water like mad men,
& even that wasnt enough.
So i interrupted Frankie in his poker game , and asked him to come over
with some big buckets.
Thanks to him, and the guys of my house hold, we managed
to keep the water settled, but we had to suffer through endless scooping;
from 9:00pm - 7:00am Wed morning.
Working from night fall till sunrise, we worked non-stop,
but managed to have a few breaks in between,
atleast until the water rose up again ( which took only 10-15 mins) ...
During then, was my call of duty,
i stuffed their wet clothes into the dryer, made them ghetto trash-bag rain coats,
and made lots of hot coca, tea, and warm food to fill their cold, wet, tummys.
All in all i made about, 6 bowls of chili, 9 cups of hot chocolate & tea,
4 spicy chicken burgers, 2 chicken & cheese burritos, & 3 bowls of seafood udon
We found out later, that our drains were clogged from the roots of our palm trees.
So, it looks like we`ll have to get rid of them soon.. which is a shame cuz ive always
liked them. we were the only house on our street to have such trees in our front lawn..
But, enough talk. Here are the pictures of our miserable night.
|3 of my brothers|
in this picture, you can only see Daniel G.
Daniel B. & Mats.
but they were busy scooping, bucketing,
and handing them down the line, to pour
the rainwater into the street.
|Going Back & Forth|
to dump water from our yard, & into the street.
|Peters Desperate Attempt|
to MAKE sandbags (using 2 layers of trashbags & dirt from
the other side of our yard), to block the water flow
from getting into our house.
|Peter Blocking our Doorway with Dirt|
|Frankie Comes to the Rescue|
yay! here comes help !
Here are our hard working guys.
(starting from the left)
Daniel G., Peter, Mats, Frankie, Daniel G., and Niklas
made some quick & easy chili.
added extra tomatoes, onions, and turkey ham to make it
a bit more filling
|Chili with Grated Sharp Cheddar Cheese|
made 6 bowls of chili
|My Brothers, Step-dad, & Frankie|
enjoying their chili while wearing the ghetto
rain-shirts i made from trash bags.
(peter had to wear an XL JCPenny bag) keke.
|Playing PS2 During Break|
i think they were playing dragonball Z
|Hot Chocolate & Tea|
made 9 cups.
|Daniel G. & Frankie|
working hard, handing buckets down the line
hes sad that the grass in our front lawn is completely ruined
|Daniel G. & Bucket|
those things were heavy!
major props to everyone
|Visitor at 3am|
Edwardo (our neighbor) decided to drop by
and give us a hand for awhile.
Came just in time for a Chicken burger ~
( i also made him a trendy trashbag coat)
the warm soup & hot noodles made it the perfect
dish to eat, when youre wet & hungry.
made 3 bowls
|Spicy Grilled Chicken Burgers|
made 4 burgers.
|" I'm Getting Too Old for this Shit !"|
- Peter Bjurman
he definitely did not want to go back out
there. haha! his awkward JCPenny bag
makes this picture epic.